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Adam Jinkerson

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  1. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome back to live updates for Friday, 5 May.

    It's a busy day for Cambridgeshire as we bring you results of the county council and mayoral elections.

    We're not expecting those results until a little bit later this afternoon. We will, of course, keep you up-to-date with all the facts and figures across the day, as they come in. 

    Votes being counted

    You can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

  2. Our live coverage for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from us for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including highlights of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's county council debate.

    Stay tuned to this page overnight for any breaking news from around the county.

    We'll leave you with something that'll make you go, "I can't believe it was that long ago".

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    That's right. Twenty years since the band formed in Cambridge won the Eurovision Song Contest.

    There's been a few nil points since then! Hopefully Lucie will do us proud a week on Saturday.

    See you again soon.

  3. Huntingdon plane crash: Archive shots from the scene

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    You may remember it like it was yesterday, but today marks 40 years since an RAF plane crashed into a row of houses on the Oxmoor estate in Huntingdon.

    The crash killed five people, including three children all under the age of five.

    Here are some shots our cameras took from the scene back when it happened...

    Archive shots from plane crash
    Archive shots from plane crash
    Archive shots from plane crash
  4. 'We had no idea what was going on'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A serviceman based at RAF Wyton when the plane came down on homes said they "had no idea what the problem was" when the crash alert was received.

    Shaun Boland

    Shaun Boland said he "just jumped into a vehicle" with his colleagues.

    "I had no idea what was going on until the vehicle pulled out of RAF Wyton, then I could see a big pile of smoke.

    "That's when we knew something terrible had happened.

    "I was first out of the vehicle. There was mayhem. People rushing towards me. Civilians saying there was children in there.

    "We had a lot of flames and a lot of smoke.

    "You just start acting on your instincts and adrenaline. Your training kicks in."

    In total, five people were killed on the Oxmoor estate in Huntingdon on 3 May 1977 - three of them children.

  5. Mother of baby killed in plane crash 'couldn't get son out'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The mother of three-and-a-half-month-old Adrian Thompson was at today's memorial service in Huntingdon.

    The boy died when the RAF plane crashed into his house while he was asleep 40 years ago.

    Brenda Thompson (left) was in her kitchen having tea with a friend when the plane came down, and said she "couldn't get him out".

    Brenda Thompson and Nicola Allen

    "I remember the sound of the plane, and this plane was close," she said.

    "I said, 'that plane doesn't sound right'. And the next thing, down it came and there was this explosion and flames and fire. We were trying to get out the back of the house.

    "I got Nicola (right) out, but Adrian was asleep upstairs but I couldn't get upstairs to get him."

  6. Weather: A mixed bag...

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A largely cloudy night with a few clear spells and some outbreaks of mainly light showery rain. The cloud and north-easterly wind will mean no frost. 

    weather graphic

    Tomorrow will see some showers, or outbreaks of showery rain, but a lot of dry weather too.

    Hopefully there’ll also be some brightness and sunshine at times. 

    Temperatures around 10C (50F) on the coast and 12-13C (54-55F) inland.

    BBC Weather has more local forecasts. 

  7. Plane crash aftermath 'looked like a film set'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A witness to the RAF plane crash in Huntingdon in 1977 that killed five people said the scene shortly after it happened "looked like a film set".

    Michael Catalina was a student at Huntingdon College when one of his friends said he "saw the plane fall out the sky".

    Michael Catalina

    "We thought he was joking at first, but when we ran outside it confirmed his suspicions," he said.

    "Six of us jumped in the car and we drove towards the area of the smoke.

    "When we got there, you could see both engines. There was still smoke coming from them.

    "Unfortunately we heard children screaming in the upstairs apartment, but there was nothing we could do.

    "I was just walking around in a state of shock."

  8. Plane crash memorial service takes place

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    As you may have already spotted in the Hunts Post, 40 years since a plane crash killed five people in Huntingdon, including three children, a memorial service has taken place to remember the lost lives.

    Memorial service

    On 3 May 1977, an RAF aircraft crashed into a row of terraced houses on Norfolk Road, on the Oxmoor estate, while approaching RAF Wyton.

    Adrian Thompson, Kelly Middleton, Tracey Middleton, Lawrence Davies and John Armitage were all killed when the plane crashed a few miles short of the RAF base.

    A memorial bench and five tree plaques shaped as doves were also unveiled at Sapley Park - a short distance from where the crash happened.

    Memorial bench
  9. Striker puts pen to paper for Posh

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Ricky Miller with Grant McCann

    Peterborough have agreed their first summer signing to strengthen their striking setup.

    Ricky Miller, 28, joins on a free from Dover on a three-year deal.  

    Miller, who grew up in Peterborough, has scored 42 goals for the National League side this season.

    Yesterday, Posh released a list of players they will be retaining and transfer-listing over the summer.

  10. Murder arrest after man found dead in park

    Police have arrested a 34-year-old woman from Peterborough on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a body in Fletton.

    Officers were contacted about a sudden death of a 53-year-old man in a park close to Queens Walk at 10:45 on Sunday.

    A post-mortem examination is due to take place later.

    The woman remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station, a spokesman said.

    Park off Queens Walk, Peterborough

    Attempts are being made to trace the man's next-of-kin. He is believed to be from the Peterborough area and of no fixed abode.

    Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Sunday, or who saw anything suspicious. 

    In particular they would like to hear from anyone who saw a person on a mobility scooter, or who had one moved or stolen during the night.

  11. Lunchtime weather: Turning cold

    BBC Weather

    Any early brightness is likely to be short-lived, as cloud will thicken from the south-east with the odd burst of light showery rain developing.

    It's windy and will feel cold everywhere.

    Highs of 11C (52F).

    Weather outlook

    BBC Weather has more.

  12. Why 14 black male Cambridge students posed for this photo

    "Young black men don't grow up thinking they'll make it here. They should."

    This was the intended message behind a photo of 14 black male students from Cambridge University that has been liked more than 2,000 times on Facebook.

    Video content

    Video caption: Jimi Babasola and Peter Adefioye are two of the people in the picture of 14 black male students.

    The group posed for several images that were shared in a bid to encourage more black students to apply to the university.

    The post on Facebook said: "In 2015, only 15 black, male undergraduates were accepted into Cambridge.

    "However, it is important that despite their under-representation, we let young black people know that this is something that they can aspire to."

    Of 3,449 students accepted into Cambridge during the 2015-2016 academic year, 38 defined themselves as black - a proportion of just over 1%. This figure did not include any students who defined themselves on their application as mixed race.

  13. Goldie Sayers: British javelin thrower retires with 'deep sense of injustice'

    BBC Sport

    Retirement is supposed to signal a full-stop. The end of one life, the start of another. A sense of satisfaction, a sense of closure.

    There should be no limbo. But for Cambridgeshire's Goldie Sayers - the 11-time British javelin champion and three-time Olympian who announced the conclusion of her athletics career on Wednesday - the wondering and "what ifs" will follow her into the future.

    Goldie Sayers

    After eight years of waiting, Sayers was told in September that she was being retrospectively awarded Olympic bronze from the 2008 Beijing Games. Mariya Abakumova, the Russian who had finished second and who Sayers had always suspected of cheating, failed a doping retest for a banned steroid.

    Sayers, now 34, celebrated with a coffee in Waitrose with her mother, Liz. And then the limbo began: Abakumova appealing against her disqualification, the legal process slowing to a crawl, no medal in the post and no idea of when any of it will end.

    "Initially I was just really happy," explained Sayers. "I'd been chasing something that had eluded me and then all of a sudden, driving down the M11, I had it.

    "But actually now I'm much angrier about it - and I'm not an angry person at all. There's a deep sense of injustice.

    "I was desperate to draw a line under my career and move on because I think endings are important - but at this rate I'll be drawing my pension before I get an Olympic medal."

    Read more on this story here.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Cambridge students are often 'not people who look like us'

    Jimi Babasola and Peter Adefioye are two of the people in the picture of 14 black male students.

  15. Poppyfields death: Defendant, 87, dies before court appearance

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    An 87-year-old man accused of murdering his wife by smothering her with a plastic bag has died after a fall at home before his court case could be heard.

    Brendon Constant, of Richmond Road, Wisbech, was charged with the murder of his 86-year-old wife Jean at Poppyfields care home in Eynesbury, St Neots, last August.

    A post-mortem examination concluded that Mrs Constant died of plastic bag asphyxia in association with heart disease.

    Poppyfields care home

    Earlier today Cambridge Crown Court heard Mr Constant also attempted to kill himself at Poppyfields in a murder-suicide bid, but survived and faced court proceedings.

    Sally Hobson, the barrister representing Mr Constant, said he died after sustaining "catastrophic head injuries" in a fall on 27 April while celebrating his grandson's birthday.

    Ms Hobson said there was "no suggestion that Mr Constant took his own life" while awaiting his court date.

    "He was able to join in a celebration of his grandson's birthday then when he retired to bed he spoke briefly to his great-granddaughter, wished her a good night then went upstairs and fell," she said.

    The pensioner was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where his family agreed to switch-off his life support machine the following day.

    "He had hoped to end his life together with his wife in August last year in circumstances they hoped would cause the least distress and discomfort," said Ms Hobson.

    "Unfortunately it's ended in a murder charge."

    Mr Constant did not enter a plea to the murder charge before his death.

  16. The debate is over

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our highlights of the Cambridgeshire County Council election debate. Thanks for joining us.

    You've been hearing views from the main parties taking part in Thursday's election. There are also Green Party and independent candidates standing in the election.

    You can catch up with the main points from the debate below, but we'll now continue with our rolling news for Cambridgeshire.